Figuring out what lipstick shade to wear is easy. But trying to coordinate it with a blush color that doesn’t clash or make you look like a 1980s beauty queen? Tough. But these two products that are meant to work together in unison to balance out a look and give your face a healthy glow. So to find out how to match lipstick with blush, we turned to three top makeup pros—any they gave us all their co-ordination secrets.
When You’re Wearing Hot Pink Lipstick…
Believe it or not, you’ll want to stick to pink blush, too. “I always say, when picking blush and lip colors it is important to pick related colors, but the colors do not need to be twins,” says Sir John, L’Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist. He says to try a soft or sheer pink or neon melon blush on the cheeks. It can also be a soft or sheer version of the exact lip color, if you want. He recommends using L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Glosses ($10, lorealparisusa.com) on your lips and cheeks.
“Their texture and sheerness help the product to act not only as a gloss, but also a nice cream blush,” he said. “You can add a bright pink lip with the shade Fuchsia Amnesia, Aphrodite Kiss, or Rebel Rose and then use the same shade and tap on to cheeks for a sheerer color—or try a softer pink shade like Blushing Ambition.” That’s where those lip and cheek tints come in handy, too.
When You’re Wearing Nude Lipstick…
So you want to bring attention to your nude lipstick? Don’t one-up it with coral blush. Kelsey Deenihan, mark. celebrity makeup artist, says you want to create a natural rosy flush with a light rosy pink blush hue. “I would avoid any color that is overpowering like a mauve or anything too dark,” she warns. For a perfect nude lip, Deenihan suggests mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Bare All ($11, avon.com) paired with products like La Praire Radiance Cream Blush in Rose Glow ($70, nordstrom.com) and mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cubes ($16, avon.com).
When You’re Wearing Red Lipstick…
This combo is the height of confusion. Smashbox Pro lead makeup artist, Lori Taylor-Davis, says that you should try a more subtle blush in the same color family (think a natural flush), something that matches your natural skin tone. “The boldness of the lip shouldn’t have to fight with the intensity on the cheek,” she says. “If you’re wearing a coral red? Use a warm colored blush. If you’re rocking a blue based red lip? Choose a blush shade that’s cooler.”
You can also skip blush entirely and go with highlighter. “I think a highlight is better than a color. Go for texture over color when it comes to a red lips.” She recommends products like Smashbox LA Light in Hollywood and Highlight ($29, ulta.com) or a pinkish color like LA Lights in Beverly Hills Blush ($29, sephora.com).
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